Florida State Government Guide

State government has a direct impact on the lives of Southern California's citizens. From health care to education to environmental issues, your state lawmakers make decisions that affect you and your family. But how much do you know about what happens in the state assembly and senate chambers?

Use this California Government Guide to find answers to your questions.

 

How California Government Works

Bills passed in the state legislature directly impact your day-to-day life, but how much do you know about how California's government works?

Find out about the different branches of government, who’s who in California government, what happens in a legislative session, and what bills are expected to come up this year.

 

Find Your State Lawmakers

The California Legislature is made up of a 40-member California Senate and the 80-member California Assembly. Each California resident has a state senator and state representative that represents them in Sacramento. 

Below are the maps for the California assembly and senate districts for Southern California. You can zoom in and maneuver each map to where you live. Then, hover your cursor over the district in your area to find your legislator. Click on the district to go to that legislator's website. 

Not sure which district is yours? You can look up all your representatives by going to the California State Legislature website.

 

IMPORTANT DATES
  • JANUARY 7, 2019: Legislature reconvenes.
  • JANUARY 10, 2019: Budget must be submitted by the Governor.
  • JANUARY 25, 2019: Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel.
  • February 22, 2019: Last day for bills to be introduced.
  • June 15, 2019: Budget Bill must be passed by midnight.
  • October 13, 2019: Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before Sept. 13 and in the Governor's possession after Sept. 13.

Senate Calendar | Assembly Calendar

GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
KEEP TRACK OF BILLs

Every year over 1,000 bills are filed in the California Assembly and Senate. With only 60 days in the legislative session, not all of them make it up for debate.

Do you have an issue that's important to you? Keep tabs on what your lawmakers are talking about so you can be in the know.

Legislature Bill Information

Legislature Bill Search

 

Live Updates From Your Lawmakers

Your lawmakers like to use Twitter more and more to make big announcements, give updates on their bills, and share their opinions on a wide variety of subjects.

Our live feed helps you keep track of all our lawmakers in one place so you always know what is happening.

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